Top 5 Misleading Retro Game Titles Of The NES Era
Before the Internet, Amazon, ratings & reviews and angry Twitter rants, all a poor kid had to go on was a television ad and the back of the box. These games abused that trust.
1. Balloon Fight
I say this lovingly, but Balloon Fight is a terrible name for a game. Nevermind that it is a complete rip off of Joust, this is about as much fun you could have popping balloons as a kid without scarring a younger sibling.
2. Back to the Future
To suggest that the Nintendo movie tie-in game Back to the Future had anything to do with the movie, any of its characters or even a shadow of the plot would be fraudulent. Not just a sloppy, thrown together, monotonous, unnecessarily difficult game, it also slanders tank top-wearing men without cause.
You might think that the game Pictionary would involve a pencil, perhaps drawing, maybe even a little friendly shouting at minor acquaintances. While a user could theoretically draw a picture, we’re talking about an original Nintendo controller here folks. Also, any game that relies on the honor system for scoring might need to rethink gameplay.
4. Swamp Thing
Those familiar with Swamp Thing know the character as a muscular, fearsome, dark entity. In the NES game of the same name, a mechanical mouse and robot dragonfly cause him damage. Disconnect.
5. Urban Champion
The point of Urban Champion is to push your one on one opponent down an open manhole in a city street while dodging flower pots thrown from a window. Reread that sentence, process the title Urban Champion and decide for yourself if those two things mix.
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